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Film

Welcome to the ‘Burgh Vivant archives. Here you can scroll through years of features and commentary on Pittsburgh arts & culture. Or search by keyword for segments on a particular company, organization, artist, restaurant, event, or performance.

PURSUING HAPPINESS – with Pittsburgh’s Randy Gilson


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Filmmakers Adam Shell (Director, Producer, Editor) and Nicholas Kraft (Producer, Editor) set out to find the happiest people in America for their newly released documentary PURSUING HAPPINESS – and it’s no surprise that their quest led them to Pittsburgh’s own Randy Gilson, proprietor of RANDYLAND; a beacon of joy that defies explanation and invites visitation…. Read more »

“Dog Bytes” comes to the Oaks Theater

“Bizarre tale of extreme disfunction in the backwoods with a Breaking Bad sense of dark humor…these women, while not dogs, do bite back.” – Adrian McCoy, Pittsburgh Post Gazette “Riveting” – Bill O’Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper On Friday May 27 at 7:30pm, enjoy a rare theatre screening of the first 5 episodes of the acclaimed… Read more »

Film Noir Interactive Adventure Invades the Pittsburgh Landscape

Serpentine: an Alternate Reality Game Blurs Barrier Between Fantasy and Reality Pittsburgh, PA – April 26th, 2016 – What if a theater experience did not have to end just because you left the venue? Beginning this May, Uncumber Theatrics’ latest creation Serpentine invites participants to become part of a five week story that will take… Read more »

Cody Hartman – Filmmaker


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Tonight’s guest is filmmaker Cody Hartman! Quite possibly the youngest feature film director in America, Cody discusses his latest project INSOMNIA (which includes a few Pittsburgh familiar faces), the biggest challenges of filmmaking, and blast-from-the-past Sinbad! Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio podcast for more on the upcoming film… Read more »

Joshua and the Giant Peaches

PEACHES CHRIST AT THE 2015 REEL Q FILM FESTIVAL by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant. Joshua Grannell is returning to Pittsburgh. Grannell who wrote and directed the horror/comedy, “All About Evil,” is flying in for a screening of the film for Reel Q’s 30th Anniversary fundraiser on October 8 at the Harris Theater. Grannell was… Read more »

MITCH LEIB – Executive Director, Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society


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Tonight we raise our glass to Executive Director Mitch Leib in celebration of 30 years of Reel Q: the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In the lobby of Pittsburgh’s downtown Harris Theater, Mitch chats with host Brian Edward about the organization’s colorful 30 year history, how its changed over three decades in the steel… Read more »

The “Buzz” from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (7/8 – 7/11)

by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant   Here are the Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh the weekend of July 8 to July 11   Hit the Silk! You can walk down the red carpet at a movie premiere this weekend at Silk Screen’s Asian Arts and Cultural Organization’s Red Carpet Gala. Celebrate their… Read more »

KATHRYN SPITZ COHAN – Executive Director, JFilm Festival


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“Serial Bad Weddings”, “Censored Voices,” and “A Borrowed Identity.” A wild weekend? The return of the JFilm Festival in Pittsburgh? Or both?? JFilm is a year round film presenting organization and Executive Director Kathryn Spitz Cohan visits for cocktail hour right in the middle of the 2015 Festival to tease us with what we’ve missed… Read more »

GAB CODY – Theatre Artist, Filmmaker


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Tonight: the gifts of Gab! Theatre Artist and Filmmaker Gab Cody visits ‘Burgh Vivant’s happy hour on the eve of the world premiere of her play PRUSSIA: 1866. Deep philosophies abound, the space between art and science is challenged – and all in the presence of an ominous seashell lamp! Listen to “The Full Martini”… Read more »

GREGER ERICKSON – Photographer, Greger Erickson Productions


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Color. A crucial consideration in professional photography. And martinis! Tonight it’s aqua blue cocktails with photographer Greger Erickson. Fashion, film, industrial, fine art – he’s shot it all. Much of capturing the perfect photo is left to chance, but lightning strikes – and Greger is there! Hear about it all on tonight’s episode. Listen to… Read more »